Wisconsin health care group and Aaron Rodgers end partnership after QB says he’s unvaccinated

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A Wisconsin-based health care group and Aaron Rodgers have ended their partnership simply days after the Green Bay Packers’ quarterback revealed he had taken an anti-parasite drug as an alternative of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Prevea Health introduced the choice on Twitter on Saturday.

“Prevea Health and Aaron Rodgers have made the decision to end their partnership effective Nov. 6, 2021,” the assertion learn.

“Prevea Health remains deeply committed to protecting its patients, staff, providers and communities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic,” the assertion learn. “This includes encouraging and helping all eligible populations to become vaccinated against COVID-19 to prevent the virus from further significantly impacting lives and livelihoods.”

Rodgers had been a spokesperson and supported the group’s initiatives since 2012, in accordance with the assertion.

Aaron Rodgers on October 28, 2021.

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The 37-year-old star revealed on Friday that he had been vaccinated towards COVID-19, however as an alternative consulted podcaster Joe Rogan who instructed him to take ivermectin, an anti-parasite drug usually utilized in livestock. It isn’t authorised to deal with or forestall COVID-19.

“I realize I’m in the crosshairs of the woke mob right now, so before my final nail gets put in my cancel culture casket, I think I’d like to set the record straight on so many of the blatant lies that are out there about myself right now,” Rodgers mentioned in an interview with “The Pat McAfee Show.”

“I believe strongly in bodily autonomy, and the ability to make choices for your body, not to have to acquiesce to some woke culture where a crazed group of individuals who say you have to do something. Health is not a one-size-fits-all.”

The CDC has issued a number of warnings towards utilizing ivermectin to deal with COVID-19, which may trigger nausea and vomiting to extra extreme seizures, coma and demise within the occasion of an overdose. Poison management facilities throughout the nation have seen an enhance in calls associated to ivermectin-related calls for the reason that drug turned in style.

Rodgers, who examined optimistic for COVID-19 on Tuesday, will miss Sunday’s sport towards the Kansas City Chiefs. 

Zoe Christen Jones contributed reporting.

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